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THE ISSUES

The Economy

All Arizonans deserve the chance to work hard and build a better life for themselves and their families: that’s the Promise of Arizona. As a small business owner, Marco knows what it takes to create jobs and develop economic opportunities and as governor he will work to make sure everyone has the chance to succeed in our state.

Education

Investing in education is investing in our children’s future. Marco was a product of good public schools, but too many these days are starved of even the basic resources they need to educate our kids. Marco believes we need to finally fund our public schools properly so that ALL children, from Paradise Valley to South Tucson, Yuma County to Navajo County, have a real shot at success.

Health care

Everyone in Arizona deserves access to quality, affordable health care. Plain and simple. As governor, Marco won’t let partisan politics get in the way of ensuring that anyone who wants health insurance can find a plan that they can afford.

Voting Rights

Black, white, or brown, the right to have your voice heard and your vote counted at the ballot box is a fundamental part of our democracy. As governor, Marco will stand up against extremists in our state who refuse to accept the reality of the last election and are trying to stop us from voting in the next election. Marco supports legislation on both the state and federal level to protect everyone’s right to vote.

Climate Change

Arizona is experiencing a climate crisis that is dangerously threatening our state’s water resources in particular. As a trustee of the Arizona Nature Conservancy Board of Trustees, Marco has been working on the ground with our communities to encourage healthy forests, protect the watersheds that fill our reservoirs, and guard rural neighborhoods from catastrophic wildfires.

Reproductive Freedom

Marco supports Roe v. Wade and subsequent SCOTUS decisions upholding a person’s right to access abortion services. If Roe is overturned at the federal level, it is critically important that our governor and state legislature work together to change the current laws so that people are able to safely access affordable abortions. Abortion is health care and people have the right to make their own health care decisions in consultation with their doctors. Laws seeking to criminalize reproductive health care services like abortion are unacceptable and as governor Marco will not stand for them.

Gun Safety Reform

Marco supports the Second Amendment, but he also supports common-sense gun safety reforms including universal background checks, red flag laws, and bans on weapons made for war. These are some basic, smart reforms that most Arizonans agree with and that we need to pass now.

The Opioid Crisis

Opioid addiction is a horrific disease from which no family is immune. Our young people continue to die at alarming rates due primarily to negligence and lack of understanding. Any corporation that is intentionally found putting profit over people must be held accountable and such practices stopped. Marco supports greater access to effective treatment options, training for doctors and nurses on opioid abuse, and working across the aisle to stop the influx of fentanyl and other illegal drugs that are flooding our communities.

Integrity

Arizonans deserve a leader that they can trust. Marco isn’t a career politician, who says one thing and does another – in business he learned that sticking to his word meant everything to his clients and his business partners. As governor Marco will be truthful when it’s tough, principled when it matters, and always open about the work he’s doing to build a better Arizona for everyone.

Anti-Discrimination

Marco was the first candidate to release a diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-discrimination platform, because as a Latino who has lived through Joe Arpiao and SB1070, the issue of discrimination is personal to him. The Lopez Administration will have a zero-tolerance policy for discrimination and will propose legislation and employment policies essential to implementing systematic protections and improvements in the workplace.

Inclusion

Nearly half of Arizonans identify as Latino, Black, Native American, Asian American, or Pacific Islander and by working together we can build a brighter future for the state we love. From political appointments to staff hires, the Lopez Administration will reflect Arizona’s tremendous diversity that is an enormous strength for our state.

Equal pay

Equal pay for equal work, regardless of gender, race, religious beliefs, ethnicity, or sexual orientation is long overdue, which is why in his first 180 days Governor Lopez will order a review of salary scales, job classifications, and pay practices throughout state government and with companies that provide services to the government. No one in Arizona should be paid unfairly in the workplace and we must lead by example.

Economic Equity

Anyone in Arizona working 40 hours a week deserves a living wage that allows them to put food on the table and pay their bills. Regular wage increases with a $15/hour minimum, and a broad-based commitment to affordable housing will be cornerstones of the Lopez Administration. Everyone in Arizona deserves the opportunity to get ahead and live up to Arizona’s promise that hard work pays off.

Criminal Justice Reform

All too often, people are categorized and routed through an arrest, prosecution, and detention system that has wildly different outcomes for different people who commit similar offenses. The Lopez Administration will commit to accountability in the justice system, focusing on equitable legal representation and sentencing, alternatives to prison for non-violent offenses, and approaches to policing that send prepared officers into the field with expertise in de-escalation.

COVID-19

Governor Ducey has displayed a devastating lack of leadership when it has come to mitigating the worst effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. If the governor had cared more about saving lives than appeasing his anti-science base at the outset of this pandemic, thousands of more Arizonans would be alive today. By contrast, when the pandemic hit, Marco helped deliver 8 million surgical masks along with thousands of needles, syringes, and gloves to Arizona’s first responders. We need real leaders like Marco to get us safely out of this pandemic.

Immigration

As an immigrant, as a son of immigrants, as a former border city mayor, and as a Homeland Security official in the Obama Administration, Marco understands this issue more intimately than most. Politicians in DC and here in Arizona have been using immigration like a political football just trying to score points, but this isn’t a game. We need comprehensive immigration reform that provides a pathway to citizenship for DREAMers and DACA recipients, but we also need more manpower, technology, and judicial resources at the border to secure it and better process asylum cases. Our system is overburdened as it is, and it’s only going to get worse the longer politicians try to play games instead of addressing the issues. We need solutions, not photo ops.

Workers Rights

Working people deserve the right to come together to unionize and collectively bargain for better benefits, fairer wages, and stronger workplace protections. Moreover, taxpayer funded projects need to reflect these values, which is why Marco supports passing stronger prevailing wage standards and encouraging project labor agreements.

Campaign Finance

A decade ago, the Citizens United Supreme Court decision opened the floodgates to special interest money overwhelming our political system, and the effects have been disastrous. Too many career politicians are beholden to their campaign donors rather than their constituents. Marco will fight for campaign finance reform that gets big money out of politics, and restores influence to the voters.

LGBTQ+ Equality

It’s shameful that throughout many municipalities in Arizona LGTBQ+ individuals can still be fired from their jobs, denied housing, or otherwise discriminated against because of who they love or how they identify. As governor, Marco will prioritize passing a statewide non-discrimination statute that ensures LGBTQ+ Arizonans are protected under the law.

Affordable Housing

We have an affordable housing crisis in Arizona and as governor Marco will do everything he can to fix it. Every working family in Arizona deserves the opportunity to own a home and build prosperity for future generations or rent a living space that doesn’t drive them into debt. It is going to take bold action to solve this problem, but Marco is determined to do it.

Caring for our Veterans

Marco will always fight for our veterans, including supporting job training programs that allow them to build on skills they learned in the military to transition into a civilian career. Our veterans and their families have sacrificed so much for us – it’s critical that we provide them with the services they need.

Rural Communities

All too often rural communities in Arizona are left on the backburner or forgotten altogether. Growing up in Nogales, Marco understands the complex issues that rural communities face, which is why he has worked to connect over 1 million families to broadband through Connect 2 Compete. As governor Marco will invest in our rural communities to ensure they have access to broadband, clean water, waste infrastructure, and better public transportation.

Agriculture

Arizona is one of the leading states in Agriculture in the country and yet there continues to be a lack of understanding and support for our local and indigenous farmers and ranchers. A large piece of the puzzle is that while agriculture makes up over $23 billion dollars of Arizona’s economy, it is also the biggest consumer of our most scarce and sacred resource– water. Marco is uniquely prepared to bring folks to the table to bridge the divide and create solutions for a sustainable future for agriculture in Arizona.

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